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China | Mandchu diadem ornated with symbols of good fortune like three bats (in the center and on each side), pears and pomegranates of gemstones. The metal is embellished with kingfisher feathers inlaid. The decor is set with wire to create a theatre perspective (see photograph 2). | Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Antique Chinese Women Festival Hair Ornaments. In China the Kingfishers feathers were a prized material that was inlaid into metal to make earring, necklaces, bracelets, headdresses and combs, screens, carriages and many other decorated items. So it is not surprising that the original birds were hunted to extinction.